RELATED: Former Oakland mayor meets opposition for dispensary
It all centered on the Planning Commission meeting, which as of 11 p.m. was still going on.
More than 100 people showed up to speak, but after standing in line for hours, tempers flared.
It wasn't easy. The divisive crowd had been fuming for hours. They were here to talk about a controversial medical marijuana dispensary called Apothecarium, which former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and her physician husband want to open in San Francisco's Sunset District.
The majority of speakers don't want the dispensary in their neighborhood. They say it's bad for the children, nearby schools, and many in the elderly Chinese community.
"The crime is going up, traffic accidents are going up. Kids' morality is going down," said Bill, who opposes the dispensary.
"These people could be my family members, so they might forgo medical cannabis altogether because they don't know anything about it or have a stigma against it," said dispensary supporter Nick Lau.
"You walk by a dispensary, you wouldn't even know it's there," said another supporter Susan Pfeifer. "People aren't doing it on the street."
Either side can appeal the Planning Commission's decision and take it before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
After a night of deliberation and heated discussion, the commission approved the measure with conditions regarding cultural and educational services.
The measure will go to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors if opposition appeals.
Everyone here can speak for 2 minutes pic.twitter.com/FzdxZa7Pts— Lisa Amin Gulezian (@LisaAminABC7) July 14, 2017
It all started with someone claiming to have fainted then hit while in line. Others say it was all a stunt. pic.twitter.com/tt6BvZiPcA— Lisa Amin Gulezian (@LisaAminABC7) July 14, 2017
Crowd is getting unruly! Accusations of pushing. Line jumping. One escorted out. pic.twitter.com/j4oKV1CUW8— Lisa Amin Gulezian (@LisaAminABC7) July 14, 2017